Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #544

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, Interesting Bits, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • Feynman’s Error: On Ethical Thinking and Drifting  – Dan Munro. “Philosopher Dan Munro wrote this excellent, short piece on the fact that ethics are never ‘ one.’ New things happen; laws change, cultures collide, and ethical quandaries that seemed preposterous are now commonplace. That’s why we have things like amendments in constitutions. It’s a good reminder that we have to keep updating ethics. We can’t leave ‘well enough’ alone, because it quickly becomes ‘unwell’.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Disney security guards have freaking challenge coins and we have to talk about it – Task And Purpose. “Military organizations have long used small tokens as a form of authentication, trust, and more recently, morale-boosting. They’re like secret handshakes you can keep in your pocket or purse. But, as the practice has become more widespread, it’s slid from the secretive to the ridiculous. And, apparently, now there are challenge coins for Disney security guards. Here, have a mouse-hole you didn’t know about.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars – CNN. “As if wearing masks wasn’t hard enough, now we have to stop letting moose (meese?) lick our cars. Covid sucks man.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Nilüfer Yanya – Full Performance – Live on KEXP – YouTube. “I haven’t been listening to much music since Covid started, so I decided I needed to make an effort to find some good new (to me) stuff this week. I’ve been loving Nilufer Yanya a lot this week.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Can Shopify Compete With Amazon Without Becoming Amazon? – The New York Times. “Life is always strange. You meet someone who is just out of college – through a mutual friend – who is selling t-shirts online, and would like some advice. You stay connected. You become friends. Then, this friend that sells t-shirts online quickly ascends to build one of the largest companies in the world. That’s been the journey and friendship that I’ve had with Shopify’s Harley Finkelstein. To read an article like this, and watch in wonder, pride, and amazement… there are just no words for it. Here’s a great article about Shopify, and what they’re doing to (really) change the world. I could not be prouder or Harley, Tobi Lutke, and the entire Shopify team…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Mintzberg on Managing – Henry Mintzberg – YouTube. “Here’s another story of strange connectedness. I’ve known famed management thinker and professor, Henry Mintzberg, for as long as I can remember, because I went to elementary school with his daughter. There’s a big gap between that time in my life, and when I begun to appreciate his brilliance and thinking in relation to business. Mintzberg on Management remains one of the seminal books for business, and Henry hasn’t let up since he started publishing in the seventies. In the past few years, we’ve become closer (he’s been a guest on my podcast, he lives nearby, and I’ve both attended and helped him with a few of his projects). Here’s an overview of his work (albeit from several years back), and if you have not read his recent work on rebalancing society (which has nothing to do with business and management, but everything to do with managing our world and our future), it’s really well worth your time to check it out. Henry is one of the great and brilliant minds of our time.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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